Jeanette Jacobs

Jeanette was born in South Africa; her mother was British and her father was South African. She decided to leave the country in 1961, when her maid, Beauty, from the Bantu tribe, was dragged from her home. Jeanette was tired of a nation poisoned by apartheid.

“I came to America because I didn’t want my kids hating people because of the color of their skin,” she says. “I once had a friend from India who had four academic degrees, and the only place he could buy a home was in the middle of a slum just because his skin was a few shades darker than that of a white-skinned South African.”

After coming to the U.S. in 1983, Jeanette lived in Southern California, where she wrote The International Gourmet Glatt Kosher Cookbook (New Beginnings, 2001). After domestic problems ended her marriage, she moved to Las Vegas in 2000 to be a caregiver for those in need.

Her two children are now living in the new, integrated South Africa.

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